C + J: Engagement | Santa Clarita Engagement Photographer

Late in July, I received a call from a new wedding and event venue in Agua Dulce, CA called Gardens of Paradise.  I was invited to bring one lucky couple out to the 90-acre ranch for their engagement session.  Gardens of Paradise boasts “cascading waterfalls, ponds, lush gardens, romantic bridges and whimsical walkways”, so of course, I was excited!  I knew right away that C & J were the perfect couple to photograph here.  Once I explained the details, they were totally on board!

C & J are very laid back, so we made sure to keep the session casual.  We collaborated on wardrobe, makeup and hair and achieved the look that we felt was just right for their personalities and their relationship.

C & J, you two look stunning; a truly gorgeous couple. I wish you the best of luck for the future!

Gardens of Paradise 
32222 Agua Dulce Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91390 


The Guerra Family: Family Portraits | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

When I started pre-planning this session with the Guerras, they were looking for the perfect location.  They loved the idea of Bridgeport Marketplace in Valencia (ahem, Awesometown) since they wanted a lush landscape.  I was ready to switch gears if necessary, since the lighting at Bridgeport Marketplace & Duckpond can be tricky depending on the weather.  It turned out that I didn’t have to use my backup plan – the light was absolutely gorgeous that day!  And boy-oh-boy, did this family look stunning in their portraits!

Baby D & Family Were Back! | Santa Clarita Baby Photographer

I was so excited when Baby D’s parents booked a mini session in honor of his upcoming first birthday. This little guy is one big tornado of huge smiles, happiness, and cuteness. He didn’t disappoint! For this session, we wandered Hart Park in Newhall.

3 Generations of Love | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

When “N” told me that I would be photographing not only her gorgeous kids, but also her son’s 3 week old daughter, I was so excited! Finally! A chance to pull out my soft blankies and adorable headbands. Baby “R” didn’t disappoint. She was the cutest little thing (she must take after her other family members!).

The Roqueblave’s and Their Pooch | Santa Clarita Photographer

I’m always happy to oblige when a client requests that we shoot at their home. The possibilities are endless! The Roqueblave’s had a huge, gorgeous backyard and their dog Cha Cha made full use of it running at full speed.

The Bonner Family’s Mini-Session | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

When I met the Bonner family, I knew that it was going to be a fun session. Little “B” was a ball full of energy and adorable to boot – right up my alley! I had a ton of fun running after the little guy and snapping shots of the newest Bonner on the way.

The Nelsons’ Faux Engagement Session | Santa Clarita Lifestyle Photographer

When I first talked to J, she explained to me that she had never had the chance to have an engagement session with her husband. I was surprised when she told me that they have been married for 3 years! How exciting! The best thing about being a photographer is capturing special moments that my clients treasure forever and I just knew that I couldn’t let this cute couple down. Check out how adorable and in love they are!

The Del Bagno Family | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

I’ve known the Del Bagno’s since I was in junior high. I’ve always admired what a tight-knit clan they are. When they asked me for a family session on the one day of year where they would all be in the same location, let alone the same state, I knew that it was going to be a great session…and I was right.

A Family Affair | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

The E Family met me super-early on a Saturday morning. Usually, my early morning sessions are somewhat subdued (no one is REALLY awake yet!). Not this family! I had so much fun joking around with them! Did I mention that it was also COLD? Every so often, we had to stop to put on jackets to keep our teeth from chattering. That didn’t take down the positivity at this session at all. I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to catch their personalities in action.

On a Personal Note | Santa Clarita Photographer

Since it’s almost Christmas and I’m going to be launching a few new products after the first of the year, I thought I’d skip Featured Product Wednesday in favor of a few quick personal thoughts.

As a photographer, I do my best to capture special moments and precious memories for all of my clients.  I’m so fortunate to have clients willing to share these with me. As a wife and a mom, I do my best to capture these for my own family and I’d like to take a moment to share them with YOU. At a time of the year when so many families are far apart and so many families barely have food on the table or gifts under the tree, it’s not hard to realize how lucky I really am. Above all, I am humbled by the gift of my family; I’m so very thankful for them.  Happy holidays from my family to yours. Here are a few memories close to my heart.

Thomas: My other half; my partner. We met 13 years ago and got married almost 10 years ago. We’ve seen our fair share of good times and gray skies. I still love him like the day we met and the day we got married.

Alex: Our miracle baby. We tried for a very long time to get pregnant – months and months of heartbreak. Then came Alex and our world was bright again – and has never stopped being bright. Almost 7 years ago, tears of joy streamed down my face when I heard my baby boy cry for the first time.

Emily: The firecracker. I wasn’t quite prepared for the wonderful chaos that my spirited daughter would create. Little Miss Personality has been keeping me on my toes for almost 2 years now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.